Gossamer by Lois Lowry

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Where do dreams come from? What stealthy nighttime messengers are the guardians of our most deeply hidden hopes and our half-forgotten fears? Drawing on her rich imagination, two-time Newbery winner Lois Lowry confronts these questions and explores the conflicts between the gentle bits and pieces of the past that come to life in dream, and the darker horrors that find their form in nightmare. In a haunting story that tiptoes between reality and imagination, two people—a lonely, sensitive woman and a damaged, angry boy—face their own histories and discover what they can be to one another, renewed by the strength that comes from a tiny, caring creature they will never see.

Gossamer is perfect for readers not quite ready for Lois Lowry's Newbery-Award winner The Giver and also for readers interested in dreams, nightmares, spirits and the dream world.

About Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry is an award-winning author who has written many popular books for young adults. She was twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, for Number the Stars and for The Giver. The author lives in Cambridge, MA.
Published April 24, 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 147 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They bestow dreams, using fragments collected from buttons, toys, photographs, shells and other personal objects that collect and hold memories over the years.

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It's a mark of Lowry's artistry that in their scenes together, even when John is at his most thuggish — whining about the woman's lack of a television or threatening to kill her dog — we never lose sight of the anxious boy underneath.

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Publishers Weekly

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Through Littlest's gathering process and John's resultant dreams, as well as through the dreams of John's estranged mother, Lowry poignantly reveals the boy's sad past.

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Lowry's poetic, fanciful story of tiny, elfish "dream-givers" who put nighttime imaginings into the heads of human sleepers is not an ideal choice for audio.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Without a doubt, Lois Lowry's books stand out when compared with some of the other fare on contemporary bookshelves --- and thankfully Lowry has been recognized for it.

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Common Sense Media

Still, a child sensitive enough to revel in the dream-givers might need some adult explanation of how a father could do these kinds of things to his child.

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Kidz World

As Littlest One trains to become a dream-giver, she learns the troubling secrets of a woman and her foster son’s pasts.

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Arlington Library

John isn't really a nice boy, but throughout the book he opens up to the old lady and her dog.

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